Flesh and Bone and Water
Brazilian-born doctor André Cabral is living in London when one day he receives a letter from his home country, which he left nearly thirty years ago. A letter he keeps in his pocket for weeks, but tells no one about. The letter prompts André to remember the days of his youth – torrid afternoons on Ipanema beach with his listless teenage friends, parties in elegant Rio apartments, his after-school job at his father's plastic surgery practice – and, above all, his secret infatuation with the daughter of his family's maid, the intoxicating Luana.
Flesh and Bone and Water is published in the UK (Viking), USA and Canada (Scribner); Germany (as Luana, Hoffmann und Campe); the Netherlands (as Heimwee, Ambo Anthos) and is forthcoming in Sweden (Modernista).
Praise for Flesh and Bone and Water
'Luiza Sauma's debut novel is that rare thing: a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work. Her ability to cut across time and continents and to inhabit the physical and inner life of both a young Brazilian and that same man in middle-age is as dazzling as the novel's plot. The reveal, when it comes, is astonishing-sensuous, shocking, and completely earned.'
Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot’s Wife
'[An] arresting debut about memory and trauma. In this respect and others, it resembles Julian Barnes’s 2011 Man Booker-winner, The Sense of an Ending... Sauma, whose style manages to be both spare and rich, is clear-eyed about the social and racial divides in Rio.'
Daily Telegraph – 'New year, new voices'
'I devoured this stunning debut by Luiza Sauma. An immersive, heartbreaking coming of age story. Beg, borrow or steal a copy.'
Susie Steiner, author of Missing, Presumed
'An indelible glimpse into Brazil’s stratified society.'
'Sauma’s excellent prose is thoroughly consuming, bouncing between continents and eras to create a complicated tale of class, ancestry, and love in which happy endings are difficult to find but hope remains.'
'Her writing is beautiful. I am sure I'll see her name on the spine of many a novel to come.'
Rachel Seiffert, author of The Dark Room
'Sauma's writing is sensual and evocative. Flesh and Bone and Water is a powerful depiction of sexual attraction and long lost loves; a haunting weave of Rio, the Amazon and present-day London.'
Ardashir Vakil, author of Beach Boy
'Luiza Sauma's first novel, Flesh and Bone and Water, is lush and evocative. The secret at the center came as a shocking surprise, and the characters were as haunted as I was. Sip a caipirinha and enjoy.'
Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain